If one reads the Books of Kings or Chronicles in the Bible, it is evident that after the kingdom of Israel became divided, nearly every king of the northern kingdom of Israel was evil. Unlike the southern kingdom of Judah which gave the Hebrews great godly leaders like Solomon, Hezekiah, and Josiah, the northern kingdom was corrupt, led by its like-minded kings. The one exception was Jehu. God instructed the prophet Elisha to send one of his prophets to anoint Jehu as king.
So Jehu got up and went into the house. The young prophet poured the oil on his head and said, “This is what the LORD God of Israel says: ‘I anoint you king over the LORD’s people, Israel.
2 Kings 9:6 (CSB)
God called Jehu to be His servant and commanded him to deliver the kingdom of Israel from the evil King Ahab and his family. Jehu was successful and reigned for twenty eight years. Of the nineteen kings that ruled the northern kingdom of Israel, only Jehu faithfully served God. How does one man, born and raised in a kingdom led by evil kings for hundreds of years, have the courage and conviction to answer God’s call and restore order and morality to a wayward and sinful nation? Is there a lesson for Christian believers today?
In this age of political correctness and woke policies, it is increasingly difficult to proclaim one’s faith in Jesus Christ and not be canceled by others who claim that Christianity is not inclusive but bigoted, racist, and misogynistic. The irony is by operating under the noble banner of inclusiveness, these same shrill voices promote the very values they are supposedly seeking to eliminate.
God’s calling for Jehu is our calling. Yet even as I acknowledge this, I have failed many times to take a strong and decisive stand for Jesus Christ. I am often intimidated by this pervasive and bigoted cancel culture that seeks to silence any semblance of Christian morality or values. Jehu’s courage to take a stand in a political and spiritual climate that was in direct opposition to God is encouraging. Was Jehu perfect? No, he was a sinner like me, and this should further encourage me. God is able to use anyone to accomplish His purposes. All Christians should find inspiration in Jeju’s example.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.